Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy 1883-1929 an English priest serving as a chaplain during the first World War wrote: The essence of Christianity is Christ, and the essence of Christ is that He can touch pitch without being defiled -” that ‘s what He came to do, and did. In the days of His flesh He handled pitch (sticky resinous substance) every day -” dealt with it, moulded it, and turned it into gold, and then held out His spotless hands and called to a world defiled with sin, ‘ Come unto Me, and I will wash you white.’ In our dealings with the world we don’t always come out so squeaky clean. But isn’t wonderful to know that we serve a God who is willing to get his hands dirty in order that we may be made clean? Thank you precious Lord for reaching out with spotless hands, especially during the times we become stuck in the pitch.
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. John 7:14-36 Signs are indicators that don’t always point to the whole truth. Laws are guidelines that are often bent and broken. We aren’t called to trust every sign that we see or respond to every call for civil disobedience. However, above the signs and the laws we are called to trust God. Yet these days I struggle. For every black male the signs are dismal and the laws are too often severely broken. Everyday more and more stories are revealed concerning the unjust application of laws based on appearances. All the signs indicate that it’s okay to look at a black male and first assume the absolute worst then freely disregard civil rights. The new Pharisees of the day are blind, and the ignored frustration of a people continue to go unheard or misjudged. What conspiracy is this that exists solely to hinder generations of a certain posterity from being? I thought once my sons were old enough, I believed their common sense to know and do the right thing would allow them to fully participate in a “free society”, pursue their dreams and achieve their goals. I still trust God for that. The question remaining; “Will they live love enough?”